Wisdom 2.0 is made up of an expansive and dedicated community of people from all over the world.
Here are some of the folks who are working behind the scenes to bring you Wisdom 2.0's conferences, events, news, and gatherings.
Soren GordhamerFounder and Host
Soren Gordhamer is the founder and host of Wisdom 2.0, and the author of Wisdom 2.0, one of the first books to explore living with mindfulness and wisdom within the context of our modern technology age. He works with individuals and groups on living with greater mindfulness and purpose in our technology-rich age.
Soren has spoken on or taught mindfulness to people around the world -- from youth in New York City's juvenile halls, to trauma workers in Rwanda, to staff at Google's corporate headquarters.
Cat Li StevensonChief of Staff
When Cat attended the inaugural Wisdom 2.0 conference in 2010, she was a corporate banker and real estate agent. The experience moved her, and sparked an inner exploration to take a deeper dive. Today, Cat is a wellness devotee, living and practicing mindfulness in an urban Zen center in San Francisco, and an explorer of the human journey.
Cat is deeply grateful for the opportunity to work with an amazing team.
Odessa PerezSan Francisco Event Lead
Odessa has been working production in the transformative healing and arts fields for over 15 years. She is the founding producer of the award-winning Your Move Dance Festival in Jersey City, NJ, which just celebrated its 10th season. She has held various curating, coordinating and producing roles in small and large scale events on both the east and west coasts. This will be her 4th consecutive year with the Wisdom Team.
Odessa holds an MA in Somatic Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies and a BA in Dance, Theater Arts, and Sociology from Rutgers University. She facilitates transformative embodiment in group workshops and individual sessions using ThetaHealing, bodywork, movement and somatic therapy. She is deeply passionate about the body’s innate capacity to heal all kinds of trauma (including systemic oppression and attachment trauma) through movement, touch, and deepening our felt sense of community belonging.
In her down-time, Odessa might be found on the ecstatic dance floor, at a contact jam, or in the mountains by a river.
Hayley KirkseySpeaker Coordinator / Programming Assistant
Hayley Kirksey graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara in 2015 with a BA in Communication, and was always planning to dive into a career in event coordination and production. With her super detail-focused organization, she manages the speaker coordination process and oversees program scheduling for year-round Wisdom 2.0 events.
When not working remotely out of her hometown Santa Cruz, Hayley loves to travel near and far in search of the world's best beaches.
Melissa SutorPartnership Coordinator
Melissa has been joyfully involved with Wisdom 2.0 since 2011. She was immediately drawn to the Wisdom 2.0 community because of her previous career in Silicon Valley as a software engineer and project manager combined with her path of the last decade that focuses on wellness and happiness. Melissa is a Mindfulness Teacher, Retreat Leader, Diversity & Inclusion Advocate and the founder of Dragonfly Healing Center.
She has numerous certifications in mindfulness and has been teaching since 2009. She has taught workshops at progressive organizations such as Google and Esalen Institute and was featured on the August 2018 cover of Mindful magazine.
Melissa’s love for education inspired her to be the first African-American to obtain an advanced degree from the Computer Science and Engineering department at the University of Notre Dame then later to attain a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University. Creating bridges between the arts and sciences and among diverse people is her great passion.
Her home base is Maui, Hawaii with her sweet husband, Olaf, who loves warm hugs and sunshine. :-)
Sarah Jain VanderpoolCommunications Coordinator & Registration Lead
Sarah Jain is the fledgling member of the Wisdom team. Merging her background in healing arts with her love for meticulous organization she helps keep the Wisdom ship on smooth seas. When she’s not swimming in emails she enjoys cross stitch, hiking with her dog, playing the guitar, deep rest and being in awe of nature.
Joegh Bullock & Carly CarynAnon Events
Joegh Bullock and Carly Caryn are the creative team behind legendary San Francisco event production company, Anon Events, and Wisdom 2.0's Art Directors for the past 8 years. At the SF Concourse, Palace of Fine Arts, Marriott and Hilton Hotels, Anon Events has contributed their signature brand of magical, whimsical ambient decor designs to Wisdom's most memorable Main Stage, Inspiration Village, and Meditation/Movement spaces. Both mixed media artists, C&J love transforming each venue's blank canvas into a multi-dimensional playground of light, color, fabric, props, and sculptural art. They collaborate with the Bay Area's best local artists to craft new designs and mix in elements from Anon's own extensive archive of one-of-a-kind decor, creating unique interactive environments that both WOW and allow for moments of reflection.
For over 30 years, Anon has produced and influenced many of largest, longest running art/music events in San Francisco, including Burning Man and Sea of Dreams NYE, giving many well known performers their first start. They continue to provide event production, decorating, and talent bookings for festivals, weddings, and corporate clients, some of whom include Cisco, Google, Sonic, George P Johnson, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, The City of San Francisco, Another Planet Entertainment, Michael Franti, and more.
When not planning the next big hurrah, you can find The Bullocks enjoying their days in the redwoods near the Russian River, playing in the dirt, making art for fun, practicing ukulele, experimenting in the kitchen, and plotting their next travel adventure.